Category: Insects

How To Tell A Spider Bite From A Mosquito Bite | Bug Tip Tuesday

When mosquitoes bite, they make one hole. Some saliva is injected, and then they drink up blood straight from the capillary. The bite can swell and itch, or not be noticed. Some mosquitoes spread rather dangerous diseases, like malaria or dengue fever. Spiders inject venom from one or two... more
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Lyme Disease Awareness

Lyme disease is an infection that is caused from an infected deer tick. The deer tick is very small – about the size of a small freckle. Lyme disease occurs mostly in the Northeast, upper Midwest and Pacific coast areas in the United States. Only infected deer ticks that attach to the skin can... more
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Yellow Jacket behaviors

Yellow jackets share much behavior and ecology with their relatives the European hornet. Females usually spend the winter in protected locations outdoors and start new colonies in the spring. These colonies can be underground, within voids in walls or man-made structures such as sheds or old cars,... more
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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, brown, and flat-bodied bugs that feed on human or animal blood. They are about the size of an apple seed and after they eat, their bodies turn more bloated and red in color. These small bugs can move quickly by crawling. Though they do have wings, they... more
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Tick bite awareness | Bug Tip Tuesday

If you develop any symptoms within a few weeks after a tick bite, such as a rash, fever or body aches, see a board-certified dermatologist. Make sure you tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred and where you most likely acquired the... more
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Autumn Yellow Jackets

Autumn is the season that yellow jacket workers become quite aggressive. At the Labor Day picnic yellow jackets battle for hamburgers or barbecued chicken to feed the developing queens back at the hive. Yellow jackets also are common around sweets such as fallen fruit or open cans of soft drinks.... more
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Bed bugs are difficult to treat

Bed bugs have become more prevalent in the last decade, making them a larger concern for many residents, travelers, business owners, and other organizations. They infest many different spaces, including: Hotels Apartments Motels Shelters Day care facilities Nursing homes ... more
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Do stink bugs bite or cause damage?

The good news is that stink bugs don’t bite. They also don’t harm people or pets, nor do they spread disease. However, some people are allergic to the compounds released by the stink bug. Symptoms of this allergy can include a runny nose and, if you come in contact with crushed bugs,... more
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How to avoid bed bugs at college

Just the idea of bed bugs makes my skin crawl. Typically, I think of getting bed bugs by staying in a hotel that is somewhat shady, but you can get bed bugs anywhere, including your own bed. Bed bugs in dorms and student apartment complexes are a big problem. It can be difficult to know when... more
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Protect yourself from EEE? | Bug Tip Tuesday

Since the virus that causes EEE is spread by mosquitoes, here are some things you can do to reduce your chances of being bitten: Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt... more
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